|Me with some of the beautiful Young Women and leaders from Branch 3 on Ebeye.|
The Young Women (YW) leaders from the Ebeye Branch 3 invited me to come to their Young Women Mother/Daughter night last Friday night. Of course, they also asked me to be the main speaker! I was truly excited as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Young Women. That was one of the hard things to leave back home when I came on my mission. I worked with the YW in our Indian Lakes Ward back home and I love working with them. I loved the leaders and I especially loved my group of Beehives. I looked forward to this night to mingle with these sweet young ladies and their mothers.
The night began with a short talk from one of the Young Women. She talked on knowledge and the importance of learning. Then it was my turn to speak. I first talked about how I loved the YW Theme, expecially about how we are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us. There is nothing more comforting to me than to know there is a Heavenly Father who loves ME and knows ME. Here is the complete YW theme:
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith • Divine Nature • Individual Worth • Knowledge • Choice and Accountability • Good Works • Integrity • and VirtueWe believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.
Since it was the new year, I chose to talk about the 2014 Mutual Theme for the year: "Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness," Moroni 10:32. I talked about each of the eight YW values (in red above), and how they related to Christ and to each of us. To think about that standard, i.e. Faith, and how it can help them come closer to the Savior.
When speaking with an interpreter (thanks, Thelma Ned) you can't go too in-depth about anything, but it was a wonderful time for me to review the Young Women theme and the Mutual theme and to think about all that our Heavenly Father has given to us in order to succeed here on this earth. I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father who protects and comforts me daily, especially when I am so far from home, friends and family. I am grateful that I have the ability to talk to him in prayer, and that I know that he listens and answers our prayers. I know He sent me (and Elder Becker) here to the Marshall Islands to serve Him and to learn from these people. It is especially heart warming to be among these sweet humble people and to learn from them what it truly is to be like Christ. They are living examples to me each and every day that I am here. And I am so grateful for this experience.
After I was done talking, all the YW and some of the leaders performed a dance that Sister Mahit had taught them. She is from the island of Vanuatu. She taught them all the moves and they did a wonderful job performing for us. They did an excellent job, and were beautiful and graceful as they went through all the moves.
After that, the mothers all received heart shaped hand-written notes from their daughters. As the mothers each read their hearts, one by one, at the podium, a Young Women placed a flower in their hair over their ear. The girls made the flowers out of pipe cleaners, and I even got one, too! It was very touching to listen to the mothers speak so tenderly about their daughters. You could feel of their love for one another.
The night ended with food. They don't just have refreshments, you get the full meal deal here. They served up plates of rice, chicken and cole slaw along with cake and punch.
|YW dancing to a song Sister Mahit taught them, from her home of Vanuatu. They did a beautiful job and looked so beautiful dancing together! Sister Mahit taught them well!|
|YW dancing, such graceful dancers!|
|Some of the YW, and Sister Ned (2nd from the right) singing a song|
|Enjoying the food after the program. They served up full plates of rice, chicken, cole slaw salad, fruit punch and a slice of cake! A full meal deal! You never go hungry when they serve food!|
|Some of the Young Women and their leaders|
|Mothers and children watching the program. Even if it's for the mothers and daughters, the other kids come along too!|
|Some of the Branch 3 mothers and daughters|
|Some of the beautiful mothers|
|Me with some of the beautiful Young Women|